Monday, May 21, 2018

Zenith STOL CH 750, N830AZ: Accident occurred May 15, 2018 near Kern Valley Airport (L05), Kernville, Kern County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kernville, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA120
Date & Time: 04/14/2018, 1300 PDT
Registration: N830AZ
Aircraft: ZEISMER Zenith
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 14, 2018, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Zeismer Zenith CH-750 STOL airplane, N830AZ, experienced a total loss of engine power while in cruise flight about 15 miles north of Kern Valley Airport, Kernville, California. The sport pilot received minor injuries during the forced landing; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The personal cross-country flight originated from Brian Ranch Airport, Palmdale California, at an unknown time, and was destined for Tehachapi Municipal Airport, Tehachapi, California

The pilot stated that earlier in the day he had departed from his home airport in Corona, California as a flight of three. The airplane landed in Palmdale and then continued north to sightsee around Isabella Lake. While in cruise flight, about 7,500 ft mean sea level (msl), the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine to no avail. He opted to turn to the north because the terrain was more conducive for an emergency landing. He landed in the southern portion of the Sequoia National Forest. As a result of the impact, the airplane nosed over inverted.

At the time of the engine failure, the airplane had a total of about 12.5 gallons of fuel on board. The wreckage was retained for a future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ZEISMER
Registration: N830AZ
Model/Series: Zenith CH-750
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: PALMDALE, CA (CL13)
Destination:  TEHACHAPI, CA (TSP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  35.990833, -118.497500

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